Peace community – Pledge Peace http://pledgepeace.org/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 12:33:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://pledgepeace.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/cropped-icon-32x32.png Peace community – Pledge Peace http://pledgepeace.org/ 32 32 Community Cafe founder Don Murfin is set to retire at the end of the year https://pledgepeace.org/community-cafe-founder-don-murfin-is-set-to-retire-at-the-end-of-the-year/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/community-cafe-founder-don-murfin-is-set-to-retire-at-the-end-of-the-year/

The kitchens light up early. The doors unlock. Hosts set up tables and chairs for guests who may or may not bring something to share. People who haven’t seen each other in days, months, or even years share stories and plans over a hot meal someone spent countless hours preparing.

For many, Thanksgiving is a holiday. For Don Murfin, it’s a goal.

The community cafe is kind of like coming home to mom for people,” Murfin said. “We treat everyone with love. We get to know them. If they come back a second time, we talk to them and greet them by name.

Murfin, founder and head chef of the Community Cafe since its inception more than a dozen years ago, recently announced that he will be retiring at the end of the year.

The free lunch sites will continue. But not with the man who threw them. The man who organized more free lunches than there are people in the communities served.

“I’ve been doing this for quite a long time and to be very frank,” Murfin said, “I’m starting to get tired.”

A door prize led to an open house

Don and Linda Murfin moved to South Carolina in 2008. They found a church, tried civic groups. Murfin won a door prize in November 2008 at a meeting of a Christian chamber of commerce. The prize was one hour with a life coach.

“And I thought that would be awesome,” Murfin said. “Because she could help me figure out what I’d like to do. I had all kinds of crazy ideas.

Around the same time, Kenny Ashley served as one of many pastors at the River Hills Community Church in Lake Wylie – now Lake Wylie Community Church. Cult leader Kevin Gray asked Ashley what he would do if the money wasn’t limited.

“I said I would build a cafe and feed people for free,” Ashley said. “If they donated, fine. Otherwise, everyone would come to eat and share around a table to enjoy an hour of peace and good food.

The conversation became a call for volunteers in the parish bulletin. It would begin in January 2009, in the midst of a national recession.

“Right in the middle of bailing out banks that were too big to fail,” Ashley said. “People were struggling financially. Some have lost most of their savings.

Murfin saw the newsletter afterwards, unbeknownst to him, telling the life coach that he had long wanted to open a kitchen to help those in need.

“I saw this and I said, OK Lord, you’re talking to me here,” Murfin said.

At a Christmas party in 2008, Murfin asked if he could help.

“I said ‘no,'” Ashley said. “You can’t help with the soup kitchen. You can handle the soup kitchen. And the rest is history.”

Murfin made calculations. He figured a cafe could feed people for a dollar a meal. Murfin remembers the senior pastor at the time saying that Murfin could give it a shot for a few months.

“I thought, if that’s how you think, I’m not your person,” Murfin said. “Things like that are doomed. If you’re really interested, I’ll do it.

Over half a million meals served

The Community Cafe may look like a soup kitchen, but it started out as a gathering table.

Customers who could buy a meal at any Lake Wylie restaurant sat down with people who had lost their jobs. Business and church leaders stopped for meals. There was soup, but also sandwiches and desserts, pasta and other dishes. The cafe served approximately 25,000 meals that first year.

Other churches contacted Murfin.

Bethlehem Baptist Church at Fort Mill opened the second location in 2011. Other Fort Mill sites would follow at Fort Mill Community Bible Church, then its current Sisk Memorial Baptist Church in 2016. The Lake Wylie Cafe moved to Lake Wylie Christian Assembly. Another opened at Lake Wylie Lutheran Church near Tega Cay.

“And they all just kept growing and growing and growing,” Murfin said. “And as you can see here, we have people who come in and sit down, and they like to socialize. They enjoy food, they can take it home and it really, really helps people.

Dinner was not enough.

“We decided after talking to a lot of people that a lot of people couldn’t come see us,” Murfin said. “We ended up buying a food truck and started driving the truck into small communities and we just serve the food out of the truck.”

All of this expansion, the food truck, and the meals came at no charge for any meals.

Grocery stores and local businesses line up to help. Nonprofits helped out as word got out, earning Murfin the AARP Top Volunteer Award in 2016 and the highest community service award given in South Carolina, the Silver Crescentone year later.

“He dedicated eight good years of his life to making this happen, to developing it,” SC representative Raye Felder said as she presented the 2017 Murfin award during a cafe lunch service. . “You can definitely see it’s a ministry not just of volunteers coming together and doing the work, but of the people who actually benefit from the hot meals.”

A cup of the branded signature barley beef soup meal no. 100,000 in 2014. Just three years later, the cafe served its quarter millionth meal. Although the COVID-19 pandemic shut down cafes for a while, it didn’t dampen the need. The pandemic has actually boosted meal production.

“There were really a lot of people who needed food and during that time,” Murfin said. “We more than doubled the amount of food we were putting out.”

At one point, the cafe was preparing and delivering around 6,000 meals a week.

At the end of 2020, coffee hit the 500,000 meal mark – half a million free meals – while largely serving inmates. To date, coffee sites have served approximately 550,000 free meals.

“A Thing of God”

Mary Rasmussen started volunteering at the cafe about ten years ago. During COVID, Rasmussen has seen people struggle to find everything from toilet paper to meat.

“We decided to do a fundraiser,” Rasmussen said. “We called it toilet paper and tampons. I didn’t say anything to Don. I used her address as a drop off location and suddenly Don and Linda had boxes of tampons and toilet paper on their doorstep.

Don called. He asked if Rasmussen had started another fundraiser and how long it would last. He didn’t ask why.

“About a week later I came with a few trucks to carry all the goods,” Rasmussen said. “I asked Don to take a picture with everything. He blushed and happily agreed.

Charities that involve government funding often have guidelines and requirements. Since Murfin’s group runs on donations, he doesn’t have to ask questions.

“People can take home whatever they want,” Murfin said. “We’ll have it ready for you when you leave.” And if you need help getting it to your car. Well, we will too.

At first, the cafe volunteers quietly approached Murfin if anyone requested, say, a dozen meals.

“I said fine, yeah, it’s okay,” Murfin said. “Did you ask if they needed more?” Because they say, well, you don’t know where it’s going. I said ‘I don’t care where it goes. It’s a god thing. I’m here to make great food and pass it on to people who want to eat it.

The generous attitude proved contagious.

From the hundreds of volunteers who have kept the cafes running for all these years, to the businesses that step in and donate for a new freezer or food truck, to the big donation people passing through at a time when the café needs it most.

“Feeding or sharing food with someone in need is the most fundamental and profound act of kindness one can offer,” read a note the cafe received from a couple traveling from Minnesota to Florida a few years ago, accompanied by $1,000.

Ashley saw that the donations of styrofoam cups and spoons, bread and other items kept coming in.

“God has met all the coffee needs,” Ashley said.

retirement and the future

Murfin is almost 80 years old. It is synonymous with the free lunch service that operates throughout York County through churches and a food truck. Still, he’s been consistent throughout, coffee isn’t about him.

“It’s a thing of God,” Murfin said. “The Lord is the main person in the Community Cafe and that’s why it worked so well. He is in control. And it’s amazing what he’s done for us.

Which brings him to retirement.

“Some people say I shouldn’t, some say it’s about time,” Murfin said. “For me, I’m just exhausted.”

Sous-chef Constantine Mitsopoulos will take charge of the catering part. Murfin continues to work to put the nonprofit accounting side back. The room in his house that has been requisitioned for all these years for work in a café is going to have a new life.

It will be the same for Murfin’s schedule.

“My dear wife has a list of things she wants me to do,” he said. “But basically, for a while, I’m just not going to do a lot of things.”

If anyone deserved the break, Ashley said, it was Murfin.

“I don’t have the paper to list all the things God has done through Don and Linda Murfin and the Community Cafe,” Ashley said. “I just know that the Lord has been glorified, people have been nurtured and encouraged, and the spiritual water level of our communities has increased dramatically over the past 13 years.”

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John Marks graduated from Furman University in 2004 and joined the Herald in 2005. He covers community growth, municipalities, transportation and education primarily in York and Lancaster counties. The Fort Mill native has won dozens of South Carolina Press Association awards and several President McClatchy Awards for news coverage in Fort Mill and Lake Wylie.
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]]> ‘The Season of the Spirit’ at Culpeper Community Tree Lighting https://pledgepeace.org/the-season-of-the-spirit-at-culpeper-community-tree-lighting/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 10:15:00 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/the-season-of-the-spirit-at-culpeper-community-tree-lighting/

Families, friends, neighbors and citizens, at least a few hundred people, gathered on a cold Sunday evening at the Culpeper Depot for the annual Culpeper Town Center Community Tree Lighting.

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus were there for the holiday and Christmas themed event with musical performances by the Theatrical Arts Children’s Choir and the Blue Ridge Chorale.

MFA Studio students donned Santa costumes for their festive dance during the outdoor holiday program, also featuring Amber Rose Ballet Studio. Kona Ice was on hand with tasty snow cones and there was crafts by the Windmore Foundation for the Arts and Culpeper Girl Scouts.

Seek Lavender offered lavender-infused cotton candy and on the street, Culpeper County and Eastern View High School Band students serenaded shoppers at the open house and lighting trees sponsored by Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. end of East Davis Street, creating a magical scene.

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Culpeper Mayor Frank Reaves Jr. summed up the sentiment.

“The holiday season breathes life into all of us. We are going to celebrate the season of the spirit – the spirit of hope, love, joy and peace,” he said before lighting the tree. “The holiday season is a time for giving to each other, hugging and reaching out to the community, families and friends,” the mayor said.

Reaves encouraged everyone to buy local this season. Around the city center, the windows of shops and restaurants sparkle with decorations and inside awaits a wide selection of varied and unique items and flavors that are definitely worth a visit.

Join the Downtown Culpeper Holiday Scavenger Hunt from December 1-15 to explore and discover downtown Culpeper-town, while solving clues to help Cindy Lou Who find the Grinch and bring Christmas back to life. Culpeper-ville! Pick up a map at the visitor center and use your cell phone to discover the QR codes around the city center. Drop off completed scavenger hunts at the CRI office and enter to win a Culpeper Downtown gift basket.

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Buenos Aires Weather | Remembrance Day marked by the Anglo-Argentine community https://pledgepeace.org/buenos-aires-weather-remembrance-day-marked-by-the-anglo-argentine-community/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 03:20:27 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/buenos-aires-weather-remembrance-day-marked-by-the-anglo-argentine-community/

Remembrance Day, aka Poppy Day in Britain at least, was memorably marked both at the British Cemetery on the day (Friday, November 11) and at St. John’s Anglican Church the following Sunday. And yet the most moving highlight came after – WWII Fleet Air Arm veteran Ronnie Scott, who turned 105 last month, received his royal telegrams from British Ambassador Kirsty Hayes .

Born just before the Russian Revolution and now surviving Queen Elizabeth II, Ronnie had the distinction of receiving congratulations from both old and new monarch on Sunday – the belated acknowledgment of his century was one of the very last telegrams sent by the Queen on her 105th birthday. was one of the very first telegrams sent by King Charles III.

Remembrance Day (with the exact moment of the First World War Armistice at 11am on 11.11.1918 marked by two minutes of silence) was appropriately marked at the British Cemetery with bagpipes, bugles and wreaths. Ronnie Scott read Siegfried Sassoon’s poem ‘Offensive,’ written in the year of his birth (1917) and marking the start of tanks in warfare. For the first time in the memory of this journalist, the full text of Laurence Binyon Poem of the dead was read (by British cemetery director John Hunter) instead of the usual few lines: “They shall not grow old, etc.”

Bagpipes (Alan Oliver) returned to the church service, which was also musically enriched by the Vox Celeste choir, impeccably conducted by Ian Gall as always. The lessons were read by Ambassadors Marc Stanley and Hayes.

Stanley only had six verses of Deuteronomy to read, but his appearance was always memorable – introduced as Major Ben Watson of the British Embassy, ​​he prefaced his text with words in Hebrew. Major Watson later read the final lesson, which he then followed with a few words that were quick to mark the 40th anniversary of the South Atlantic War this year, highlighting the empathy between veterans .

New Bishop Brian Williams delivered a thoughtful sermon with memory and peace as central concepts, highlighting the challenges of memory today due to its effortless replacement by modern technology – his predecessor Gregory Venables was a difficult act to follow but Williams delivered.

“Let’s not forget” is the motto of Poppy Day, but the war dead were rightly commemorated by Argentina’s English-speaking community this past weekend.

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VetRest Brings Support and Community to Oregon Veterans https://pledgepeace.org/vetrest-brings-support-and-community-to-oregon-veterans/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 14:35:40 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/vetrest-brings-support-and-community-to-oregon-veterans/

Birds flew over VetRest’s Bybee Lakes Victory Garden on October 15, 2022, and tomatoes were hanging heavily from the vines. It seemed to be the last harvest for the garden, which is built and maintained by VetRest, a non-profit organization that provides wellness and mentorship to veterans in safe, supportive environments on land used by the Bybee Lake. Hope Center for Transitional Housing. Chainsaws rang through the air that day as a large pile of wood donated by the Portland Rotary Club was intended to be used to build six fresh raised garden beds.

The wood has been cut and laid to further increase the capacity of the garden for the coming year. The small expansion leaves more room for the dual purpose of this particular Victory Garden: a therapeutic place for veterans and others to garden and a way to supplement the dietary needs of recently homeless Bybee Lakes Hope Center residents. However, this is not the only organization VetRest works with, nor the only Victory Garden they are building in the Portland community.

VetRest was originally founded in Portland in 2016 by Major General Daniel York in response to mental health crises in the military. Originally, VetRest was built with the goal of providing a safe environment to mentor veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by encouraging them to work with soil in Therapeutic Gardens. Now VetRest has expanded to the Northeast, Southeast, Central and West regions.

VetRest Harvest Day at Bybee Lakes Victory Garden. Camden Benesh/PSU Vanguard.

The mission has also relaxed from providing specific guidance to a subset of individuals in difficulty, to being a welcoming place for veterans and civilians who wish to create community gardens. Those who need help with PTSD can always seek mentorship, but it’s more of a loose form, as it’s working in the ground and with others who are struggling with similar struggles that makes VetRest so valuable to volunteers and beneficiaries. York moved his base of operations to Colorado, but handed the reins of the Portland chapter to retired Lt. Commander Ron White.

VetRest is expanding by building a new Victory Garden in St. John’s, North Portland. Because this area is being prepared for future work in the spring, White invited Portland State Vanguard at the already established Victory Garden in Bybee Lakes.

Bybee Lakes was originally built as Wapato’s correctional facility, although it was never used. Now it has a train-themed playground tucked into one corner, a memorial garden for those who died homeless, and an ever-expanding garden growing out of the area that was once intentionally kept bare.

“This whole area, we call it the Residents’ Garden, looked like this,” White said, pointing to scrubland. “Empty land when we got here…that was one of the challenges of it all because it was once designed as a prison. It was designed with a lot of open space around it for a perimeter trail. These lights here are security lights and you can see the posts here, that’s where the fence was.” He pointed to a strip of concrete that separated low plants like vegetables from a larger, more extensive orchard.

Among the obviously practical plants were several marigolds, quite vibrant even in October. The flowers had multiple uses, both for pollinators and for gardeners.

VetRest Harvest Day at Bybee Lakes Victory Garden. Camden Benesh/PSU Vanguard.

“What it’s really about is creating a place of peace,” White said. Although the obvious practical benefits of having a food source are obvious, White said the garden was designed primarily for therapeutic purposes. When Avant-garde asked if that focus changed based on location, he said it changed based on who VetRest was working with right now.

Victory Gardens, smaller community gardens that grow supplemental foods, are unique to the Portland chapter. Although VetRest has run a larger-scale farm in Florida where veterans can go to train and take in more involved therapy, the vast majority of their gardens across the country aren’t focused on food production. It is only thanks to the invitations of community partners willing to meet the food needs of the earth that this aspect has developed. The original was built on land owned by the Bomber Restaurant on what had been a Victory Garden during World War II. When nonprofits or corporations offer VetRest a location to build a community garden, the idea that gardens can be useful for food security appeals to both VetRest and the many partners they have worked with locally at Portland: Helping Hands, Team Rubicon, OSU Master Gardeners, Rotary Club and many more.

“What we’re going to do is we’re going to start planting for next year,” White said. “We have a small greenhouse and this is going to help us make it a bit sturdier.” Like the six planters built with donated wood, VetRest is preparing to help the community by providing gardening tools and space and garden produce.

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Xi calls for unity of int’l community at G20 summit as world faces challenges https://pledgepeace.org/xi-calls-for-unity-of-intl-community-at-g20-summit-as-world-faces-challenges/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 13:44:00 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/xi-calls-for-unity-of-intl-community-at-g20-summit-as-world-faces-challenges/

Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the venue for the 17th Group of 20 (G20) summit in Bali, Indonesia, November 15, 2022. Xi delivered a speech titled ‘Working together to meet the challenges of our times and build a better future at the summit. The G20 summit kicked off here on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the importance of unity among the international community during his speech at the G20 summit on Tuesday, saying the world should promote more inclusive, universally beneficial and resilient global development.

Observers said the Chinese leader’s speech offers a guide for the world to overcome global challenges, including food and energy crises, as many countries around the world are under threat from hegemony, unilateralism and confrontation of blocks.

The G20 summit kicked off Tuesday morning on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. After arriving at the main venue of the summit, hosted by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, world leaders began the first working session, focusing on global food and energy security, as part of Indonesia’s plan for the summit to focus on the global economic recovery. in the midst of a multitude of challenges.

The world right now really needs major countries to take responsibility for uniting the international community and helping the world overcome crises and achieve recovery, experts said.

As the United States faces escalating partisan struggles and domestic polarization and continues to seek hegemony abroad, the EU is badly damaged due to the Ukraine crisis and other issues. Thus, China, a major power with credible strength and global influence, is leading the world out of the current crises, and Xi’s speech offers China’s answers to questions shared by the world, noted experts.

G20 Photo: CGV

G20 Photo: CGV

Emphasize unity, solidarity

In his speech, Xi said, “We meet at a time of momentous changes not seen in a century, changes that are consequential to the world, to our times and to history. The global economy is weakening. The geopolitical environment remains tense. Global governance is seriously flawed. The food and energy crises follow one another.

Xi said all countries should replace division with unity, confrontation with cooperation and exclusion with inclusiveness. All countries must come together to answer the question of our times – “What is wrong with this world, what should we do about it” – in order to overcome the difficulties and together create a better future, Xi noted.

Li Haidong, a professor at the Institute of International Relations at China Foreign Affairs University, told the Global Times on Tuesday that “the unity of the international community is threatened by some countries that have tried to further divide the world in accordance to ideology, to replace international rules with their own hegemonic rules and to use globalization to serve a group of countries rather than the vast majority of the international community.”

Analysts have named the United States and some of its close supporters, saying its military expansion has led to bloc confrontation and conflict in Europe, hurting Russia, Ukraine and the EU from the crisis. The US-led bloc launched unilateral sanctions that further damaged the supply chain, forced more countries to follow suit and formed cliques to contain the development of its competitors, especially China.

All of this undermines the unity of the international community.

Highlighting the tension between the great powers, many journalists covering the G20 summit in Bali focused on whether world leaders will reach a statement or even pose for a group photo.

Despite the tension, many world leaders also called for global cooperation and affirmed their opposition to geopolitical conflicts at the summit.

Xi called for making global development more inclusive, resilient and beneficial to all.

During Tuesday morning’s working session, Indonesian President Widodo told world leaders that “we should not divide the world into parts. We must not let the world descend into another cold war,” according to Bloomberg.

Other world leaders have also warned of the disastrous consequences of division and protectionism for the global economy. Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the IMF, said protectionism must not be allowed because it leads the world to drift into separate blocs. She warned that a divided world would lose at least 1.5% of GDP per year, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

When meeting Xi in Bali on Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron said France supports independent diplomacy and opposes bloc confrontation. Faced with the current turbulent international situation, France hopes to continue to uphold the spirit of mutual respect, equality and reciprocity with China, Macron said.

The Chinese president’s call for unity and inclusive global development has also been welcomed by global experts.

Selcuk Colakoglu, director of the Ankara-based Turkish Center for Asia-Pacific Studies, which also attended some G20 sessions, said China had played a very responsible role in preventing a major rift in the economy world since the beginning of the pandemic and as the first trading country, China plays a very important role in global supply chains.

“Xi’s three-point proposal was an inclusive, universally beneficial and resilient global development plan and points to a concrete roadmap to boost global sustainable development,” Colakoglu told the Global Times on Tuesday.

Cooperation rather than division

In his address to the G20, Xi said food and energy security is the most pressing challenge for global development. The root cause of the ongoing crises is not production or demand, but interrupted supply chains and international cooperation.

Xi said we must resolutely oppose the attempt to politicize food and energy issues or use them as tools and weapons, adding that unilateral sanctions must be lifted and restrictions on relevant science and technology cooperation must be lifted. be lifted.

Wang Yiwei, director of the Institute of International Affairs at Renmin University of China, told the Global Times that international cooperation at this time requires solidarity and true multilateralism. The United States has claimed it embraces multilateralism, but its “rules-based order” challenges the international order with the UN at its center, its long-armed sanctions and jurisdictions, and the approaches of “decoupling” to reduce interdependence with China. , are all opposed to true multilateralism.

More and more countries around the world, such as Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Germany, France, Argentina, India and Turkey, shared similar sentiments that the United States try to dominate the world order but have failed to deliver benefits to everyone, only creating problems. and the transfer of pressures to other countries. That’s why they’re all considering not following Washington too closely, some have even started to say no to the United States, experts say.

If the international community cannot compel the United States to correct its mistakes, then countries have the right to decide their own destiny and join together to fix damaged supply and industrial chains in order to deal with crises together and achieve common development. , analysts said.

During his speech, Xi said, “The Global Development Initiative (GDI) that I have proposed aims to meet the long-term goal and immediate needs of the world’s common development, foster consensus on promoting development, cultivating new engines for global development, and facilitating the common development and progress of all countries.”

In one year, more than 60 countries have joined the Group of Friends of the GDI. China has established the Global Fund for South-South Development and Cooperation and will increase funding for the China-UN Peace and Development Fund, Xi said.

Regarding food and energy crisis management, Xi said, “This year, China has proposed, together with six partners including Indonesia and Serbia, the International Cooperation Initiative on Industrial and Supply Chains. resilient and stable, joined other countries in calling for the establishment of the Global Partnership for Clean Energy Cooperation and presented the International Cooperation Initiative on Global Food Security within the G20 We look forward to deepening cooperation with all parties in these areas.

A Chinese analyst said that China, as a major power with strength, ability and influence, is working with other countries to solve common problems, and more and more countries have been motivated and convinced to join in cooperation to build a community with a shared future for mankind together, and in the future, this kind of cooperation will be further increased and globalization will be reformed and improved through the efforts of China and its partners.

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Snacks for the Soul provides a calm community for female athletes in Long Beach State • Long Beach Post News https://pledgepeace.org/snacks-for-the-soul-provides-a-calm-community-for-female-athletes-in-long-beach-state-long-beach-post-news/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 15:37:21 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/snacks-for-the-soul-provides-a-calm-community-for-female-athletes-in-long-beach-state-long-beach-post-news/

At the end of the summer, DeRoos returned to Long Beach with an idea. Not just for her, but one that could be shared with her friends and teammates in Long Beach State’s beach volleyball program.

That’s when DeRoos, along with teammates Katie Kennedy and Leah Black, decided to start Snacks for the Soul. Their plan was relatively simple: Host a weekly get-together for women athletes at Long Beach State, allowing them to congregate at a local park for yoga, meditation, journaling, deep conversation, and (of course) snacks.

“I was just kind of sitting around with the idea of ​​creating an intentional place to rest and find solace outside of the expectations of my sport, school and social life,” explained DeRoos, a junior psychology student. sports at the CSULB. “I didn’t really know how to deal with these difficult emotions while balancing the stress of school and my personal life, so I wanted to create a space where people could feel safe and rested.”

When DeRoos first arrived in Long Beach from her hometown of Carlsbad, she says it was a difficult adjustment to life as a college athlete. She took time off from volleyball her first year, which gave her more time to acclimate to her new surroundings, but when she started playing regularly in her second year, she felt the stress start to mount.

“I think back to the high school version of Christine, who just had sparkly eyes and a bushy tail, so happy to be going to college, right? The best years of my life,” she recalls. “And then I get here and it’s a slap in the face realizing that I’m balancing a million different things, and I want to be successful in everything… My freshman and sophomore years were just like one hurdle after another trying to figure out the rhythm of everything and how to stay a good human who also strives for excellence in his craft. I think the learning curve was really steep for me.

Yes, there are plenty of snacks at Snacks for the Soul. Photos courtesy of Christine DeRoos.

Since September, just after the start of the fall semester, DeRoos and athletes from various other teams have met every Tuesday, taking an hour out of their week to connect, relax and discuss the various challenges they face.

“The pandemic and COVID have been really hard on everyone, and I think that’s really come out in the last few years in the mental health of college athletes,” said Rachael Kowalchick, a junior on the women’s water team. -polo. “There’s just a ton of pressure and we don’t realize it because we’re isolated in our own little bubbles. Snacks for the Soul is an outlet for us. We can take a break, meet and share our experiences. We can lean on each other and support each other.

Katie Kennedy, a senior women’s beach volleyball and indoor volleyball team, used Snacks for the Soul as an independent study project while pursuing her master’s degree in sports psychology.

“I think the most rewarding thing was finding that sense of community,” Kennedy said. “We all come together and relate to each other and we can let go of some things. Then we use yoga, breathwork and mindfulness as a way to recover and distract ourselves from it all and just have a sense of calm and relaxation.

Throughout the experience, Kennedy wrote reflective papers for graduate school, and she noticed how Snacks for the Soul had benefited her in the field. Having a scheduled time each week set aside for rest and recovery has led to a better spirit on the pitch.

“It resets you and refreshes your mental state, because when you do the same thing every day, you can feel exhausted,” she explained. “When we find moments of joy on those Tuesdays, the next day in training, I feel a little lighter, more refreshed and more grateful. And that’s another activity that we try to do every time, it’s is to express as much gratitude as possible. Yes, it’s hard for student-athletes, it’s a chore, but we are so lucky to be here. We are so grateful to each other and all that that we have received.

That feeling of gratitude has been a common theme at Snacks for the Soul meetings, and the core group hopes to pass that feeling on to more of their teammates and fellow athletes in the athletic department. DeRoos says she was able to get in touch with members of the faculty, as well as some student support staff from the athletic department and the LBSU University Center.

The group also plans to incorporate more diary guests into its meetings for additional personal reflection, and DeRoos says she hopes to have a potluck with all members at the end of each month.

Ultimately, for the athletes who participated, they gained a renewed sense of gratitude for the challenges and pitfalls that come with being a college athlete. In just one hour a week for the past two months, Snacks for the Soul has already had a lasting impact, and DeRoos has a new appreciation for his time in college — and as an athlete — understanding that the two are fleeting.

“I always have to remind myself that it’s so short and I want to enjoy my hard days.” she says. “I have some pretty cool problems, you know?” Waking up at 6 a.m. and lifting weights with my best friends, and hurting from this really rigorous sport, and stretching my mind. I really love my problems, and it’s about having an abundance mindset versus a scarcity mindset.

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The Blenman-Elm community will pay their respects at the Jackie Kinman Butterfly Garden this weekend https://pledgepeace.org/the-blenman-elm-community-will-pay-their-respects-at-the-jackie-kinman-butterfly-garden-this-weekend/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 01:08:00 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/the-blenman-elm-community-will-pay-their-respects-at-the-jackie-kinman-butterfly-garden-this-weekend/

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) – A butterfly garden is finally ready to be celebrated in the historic Blenman-Elm neighborhood. It will serve as a place of peace for the community, but more importantly, a dedication to the person who started the garden.

Jackie Kinman was a scientist with a passion for monarch butterflies. Two years ago, she was looking to set up an area in her Blenman-Elm neighborhood for the butterflies to land during their migration. She went to the space on the corner of Treat Ave. and Waverly St., which was completely overgrown at the time, but she saw potential.

“And as we looked around, we saw butterflies fluttering about the various plants that were already going here, and Jackie was just thrilled,” said Alan Myklebust, who worked on the project with Jackie for the Blenman-Elm Neighborhood. Association.

He remembers seeing his true passion the moment they first saw what is now this butterfly garden.

Jackie Kinman died of cancer a few months after deciding this was the place. But Alan didn’t let that stop him from making Jackie’s dream come true.

“Jackie’s family told me that when they told her this would happen, even on her deathbed, she smiled,” he said.

He said it was a process, but thanks to the community, the garden flourished all the way. Now it serves as a place of peace for all.

“We built it thinking it would be for butterflies, and it’s for all types of pollinators, but it’s also a nice place for the community to gather, for people to gather,” said he declared.

Myklebust thought that was exactly what Jackie would have wanted. She will be celebrated tomorrow during a dedication in her honor.

Reyna Preciado

Dedication Flyer for Jackie Kinman Butterfly Garden

“We’ll have musicians here, artists, everyone who lives in the neighborhood, so I think it creates a sense of community,” said Hannah Glasston of the Blenman-Elm Neighborhood Association.

Saturday’s event is open to the public, so if you want to see the dedication, participate in a plant swap, or just enjoy local artists, this is the place to be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.

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Reyna Preciado is a journalist for KGUN 9, she joined the KGUN 9 team in July 2022 after graduating from Arizona State University. Share your story ideas with Reyna via email reyna.preciado@kgun9.com or by connecting to instagramWhere Twitter.

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Man waives hearing on various charges | Community https://pledgepeace.org/man-waives-hearing-on-various-charges-community/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 04:04:00 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/man-waives-hearing-on-various-charges-community/

HARTINGTON, Neb. – A Laurel, Nebraska man facing 24 counts, including harassment and assault of a law enforcement officer, has been remanded to district court to determine his guilt or his innocence.

Jackson Metheny, 26, appeared in Cedar County Court on Wednesday where he waived his right to a preliminary hearing for all crimes. Additionally, he filed a motion that the misdemeanor account with possible felony charges be consolidated and charged in district court.

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FUOYE gains community support https://pledgepeace.org/fuoye-gains-community-support/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 02:41:41 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/fuoye-gains-community-support/

The Federal University of Oye Ekiti has been assured of the support and cooperation of its host community, Oye Ekiti, to achieve peace, growth and accelerated development of the institution.

The Oloye of Oye Ekiti, Oba Michael Ademolaju, who said that the community has, since the establishment of FUOYE in 2010, done a lot to ensure peaceful coexistence between them, assured the university management and the students that the community would not yield to his efforts.

Oba Ademolaju spoke at Oye Ekiti at a stakeholder meeting titled ‘Crown, Gown and Town Parley’ called by the city in response to a university post and the need for peaceful coexistence between Oye Ekiti and FUOYE.

FUOYE Vice-Chancellor Professor Abayomi Fasina and the leadership of the Students’ Union recently expressed concern over what they described as “hostile treatment” given to community students and entrepreneurs on university sites by the natives.

The monarch, who assured that the Oye Ekiti would live as “peace-loving and admirers of development through the institution”, called on the federal government and the university management to consider paying compensation to citizens who had their agricultural land and their crops. destroyed to pave the way for construction.

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Crime Reports: Sunday, November 6, 2022 – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper https://pledgepeace.org/crime-reports-sunday-november-6-2022-mississippis-best-community-newspaper/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 05:04:07 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/crime-reports-sunday-november-6-2022-mississippis-best-community-newspaper/

Crime Reports: Sunday, November 6, 2022

Published at 00:00 on Sunday, November 6, 2022

Natchez Police Department

Arrests — Thursday

Violet Laverne Thompson, 56, 9 West Woodlawn Avenue, Natchez, charged with common assault; attempt for fear of imminent grievous bodily harm and malicious wrongdoing: less than $1,000. No bond is fixed on either of the charges.

Antonio Smith, 42, 13-A East Wilderness Road, Natchez, charged with prior accessory/armed robbery. No set of obligations.

Reports — Friday

Two traffic stops on Seargent S. Prentiss Drive.

False alarm on Cemetery Road.

Stopping traffic on US 61 North.

Traffic stop on South Canal Street.

Stopping traffic on John R. Junkin Drive.

Traffic stop on Homochitto Street.

Reports — Thursday

False alarm on John R. Junkin Drive.

Two false alarms on Seargent S. Prentiss Drive.

Two traffic stops on John R. Junkin Drive.

Malicious mischief on US 61 North.

Traffic stop on Homochitto Street.

Traffic stop on North Union Street.

Stop traffic on Devereux Drive.

Stop traffic on Seargent S. Prentiss Drive.

Stopping traffic on US 61 South.

Flight on Pilgrim Boulevard.

Accident on John R. Junkin Drive.

Accident on Seargent S. Prentiss Drive.

Stop traffic on the first street.

Stopping traffic on Martin Luther King Jr. Street.

Two traffic stops on Pilgrim Boulevard.

Stopping traffic on East Franklin Street.

Flight on Oakland Drive.

Traffic stop at Family Dollar.

Traffic stop on Franklin Street.

Welfare/check issue on Lewis Drive.

Reports — Wednesday

Malevolent mischief on Lumber Street.

Two traffic stops on Devereux Drive.

Two traffic stops on Martin Luther King Jr. Street.

Traffic stop on Gayosa Avenue.

Stopping traffic on St. Mary Street.

Two traffic stops on US 61 South.

Stopping traffic on Lynda Lee Drive.

Stopping traffic on Pilgrim Boulevard.

Disruption on Old Washington Road.

Accident on Liberty Road.

Theft on Claiborne Street.

Flight on Daisy Street.

Stop traffic on Seargent S. Prentiss Drive.

Stopping traffic on US 61 North.

Theft on Miller Avenue.

Intelligence report on Devereux Drive.

Traffic stop on Canal Street.

False alarm on Watkins Street.

Adams County Sheriff’s Office

Arrests — Thursday

Jaheem Deeandre Dobbins, 20, Lewis Drive/Susie B. West Apartments, Natchez, charged with fraud – credit card, burglary – everything except lodging, and telephone or electronic communication: obscene, indecent, annoying, threatening or harassing. Held on a $20,000 bond.

Gerald Wayne Nettles, 34, Kaiser Lake Road, Natchez, charged with probation violation. Held without bail.

Reports — Friday

Intelligence report on Case Street.

Reports — Thursday

Juvenile problem on Government Fleet Road.

Juvenile problem on Morgan Road.

Break and enter on Morgantown Road.

Traffic stop near McDonalds.

Welfare/check issue on Swayze Road.

Intelligence report on Pruitt Drive.

False alarm on Old Meadow Road.

Vehicle stolen from Lower Woodville Road.

State Street Intelligence Report.

Reports — Wednesday

Trouble the peace on Watts Avenue.

Malevolent mischief on Miracle Road.

Lost/stolen tag on Roseland Forest Drive.

Malevolent mischief on Brooklyn Drive.

Flight on Cloverdale Road.

Beacon Road Intelligence Report.

Stopping traffic on Lower Woodville Road.

Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office

Arrests — Thursday

Dajuan Tatum, 25, 26356 Louisiana Highway 15, false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault and sexual assault. No set of obligations.

Vontravious Bowers, 22, 26356 Louisiana Highway 15, false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault and sexual assault. No set of obligations.

Jermaine Keeve, 32, 26356 Louisiana Highway 15, false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault and sexual assault. No set of obligations.

Kevonte Austin, 24, 26356 Louisiana Highway 15, false incarceration with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault, and sexual assault. No set of obligations.

Chaquam J. Williams, 22, 26356 Louisiana Highway 15, false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault, and sexual assault. No set of obligations.

Johnnie Robinson Jr., 20, 2502 Rodney Road, Lorman, officer escape and reckless operation. Bond set at $1,220.

Reports — Thursday

Traffic comes to a halt on Louisiana Highway 15
Fire on Foster Drive.
Missing person on Belle Grove Circle.
Suspicious person on Higgins Drive.
Traffic comes to a halt on Carter Street.
Shots were fired on Crestview Drive.
Single Battery on Louisiana Highway 15.
Automobile accident on Mill Road.
Automobile accident on Roundtree Road.
Traffic stop on Deadning Road.

Reports — Wednesday

Traffic comes to a halt on Carter Street.
Harassment on Cowan Street.
Unwanted person on Morris Road.
Threats to Margaret Circle.
Violation of the drug law in the United States 84.
Disruption on US 84.
Horses roaming free on Lee Street.
Robbery on Carter Street.
Flight on Mack Moore Road.
Stopping traffic on EE Wallace Boulevard.
Stopping traffic on US 84.
Criminal damage to property on Doty Road.
Criminal trespass on Temple Road.
Unwanted person on Skipper Drive.
Alarms on Moose Lodge Road.

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